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12 August 2010

We human beings are really, really good at fearing and mistrusting other human beings. Recent debates over mosques all over the country are showing that America, which was a refuge for religious exiles from the get go, is turning its back on this promise. And I weep.

It seems, however, that some people are thinking clearly. Al-hamdu li-llah.

During an emotionally stirring and teary-eyed press conference on the mosque, [New York City mayor, Michael] Bloomberg said: “Whatever you may think of the proposed mosque and community center, lost in the heat of the debate has been a basic question — should government attempt to deny private citizens the right to build a house of worship on private property based on their particular religion?

“That may happen in other countries, but we should never allow it to happen here. This nation was founded on the principle that the government must never choose between religions, or favor one over another. There is no neighborhood in this city that is off-limits to God’s love and mercy.”

Read the rest of the CNN article here, including a shout out to UNC and Duke’s Sanford Institute.

(Hat tip to Matthew W.)

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